back to school

The choices you make today will echo far into the future – that goes for split-second decisions to things like preplanned meetings with a financial advisor.

The cumulative impact of all those decisions eventually help shape who you are – and more importantly, who you’ll become. For students heading back to school, good choices aren’t just about getting an A on a multiple-choice quiz. And for adults considering making the back-to-class journey, there are a whole other set of circumstances to think about.

For the first blog we back to school considerations, I’d like to focus on good choices and how those choices will affect their future goals and dreams. Steer away from “stay safe.” That’s the language for the past 30 years (i.e. use a condom and you are protected, safe, okay) but it hasn’t worked. We see it at Turning Point daily.

Good Choices Now = A Great Future Down the Road

What can students do to avoid a rocky road while in school? For starters, try this list:

  • Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol and college students are a volatile mix. Alcohol, college students and sex is one combination that can quickly derail academic achievement, put future plans on hold and force young adults to quickly become parents. A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic research confirms what many people already know: binge drinking leads directly to risky sex practices.

  • Stay Active, Engaged and Interested

A rigorous academic and social life on campus isn’t just beneficial for overall personal development; you’ll also stay out of trouble. High school and college clubs are a great way to foster enrichment, add resume-friendly activities and build strong community ties: a win-win for everyone involved!

  • Practice Abstinence: It’s 100% Effective!

There’s only one fool-proof method for avoiding sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), becoming pregnant and other negative consequences stemming from sexual activity: abstinence. Condoms can work, but they fail nearly 20% of the time, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Have a Regular Dorm Night

It’s tempting to go out every night while you’re in college, but a proper balance between your social life and studies is essential. Plus, if you’re out most of the time, it’s harder to appreciate genuine social enjoyment. There’s nothing wrong with staying in a night or two per week!

  • Don’t Believe the “Safe Sex” Myth

Many students hear about how “safe sex” is an alternative to abstinence.  But that’s simply not the case. Condoms and hormonal birth control methods DO NOT prevent STDs or pregnancies; in fact, these two “safe sex” practices can actually increase the chance of getting an STD or becoming pregnant. Many unwed and underage pregnancies are from high school and college students, while thousands of new STD cases are diagnosed on a daily basis around the U.S.

For women students faced with a crisis pregnancy while in school, contact the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center. From free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds to one-on-one counseling, Turning Point is willing to help in any way possible. Please call our community-based pregnancy clinic today at 858-397-1970.

 

san diego crisis pregnancy center

Unplanned and unexpected pregnancies continue to impact the greater San Diego community, despite an overall reduction in teenage pregnancy rates across the region. Turning Point, a leading San Diego crisis pregnancy center, offers women a safe port of call in the often stormy circumstances surrounding unwanted and surprise pregnancies.

Most women who’ve faced a crisis pregnancy encounter numerous obstacles in getting the help they need. Sometimes, fear and distrust keep women from seeking assistance. Other women simply internalize their pregnancy, concealing their situation for months on end. But there’s a different way, a better way. The Turning Point way.

This post offers a handful of reasons why women should consider visiting the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center in San Diego.

Find Help: Five Reasons to Visit Turning Point’s Crisis Pregnancy Center

While many women look for reasons to avoid getting assistance at pregnancy resource centers in San Diego, we thought it would be helpful to point out five specific ways that Turning Point can help today – right now.

Caring, Compassionate Counseling & Personalized Assistance

From the very first time you contact Turning Point, a foundation of trust, honesty and open communication is established. This is critical in getting the help you need. Every woman at Turning Point is given their own Client Advocate, who helps determine how we can help. The Client Advocate reviews recent patient history, discusses options, offer practical and personalized community referrals and helps navigate any other personal circumstances the patient needs or wants to address.

Free Ultrasound Exam

If you’re pregnant, it’s very important to determine how far along you are, and to determine if you are possibly miscarrying or having a tubal or ectopic pregnancy. An ultrasound exam is the best way to do this, and Turning Point offers no-cost ultrasounds, provided by our highly qualified medical personnel. Remember that the  ultrasound exams are only one element of our free services, which include pregnancy testing and verification, counseling, one on one mentorship programs and much more.

Complete Confidentiality

Many women are discouraged from visiting a pregnancy clinic because they’re fearful of what might happen if someone finds out. Turning Point keeps all of our patients’ information completely confidential, as we consider privacy paramount. We respect each woman’s right to privacy and ability to make her own decisions. All of your personal information is kept in complete confidence.

Community-Based Support

The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center works with local San Diego organizations, non-profits, women’s advocacy groups and many others to provide considerable resources for any woman who needs assistance. The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center has helped hundreds of women (and thousands of their family members) since 2000, and a big part of our success rate is due to our strong relationships with care assistance groups.

Mobile Pregnancy Clinic Convenience

With our mobile pregnancy clinic, Turning Point provides another way for women to connect with San Diego’s premier crisis pregnancy center. It’s tough to juggle a busy work schedule, school classes or family commitments, but Turning Point’s mobile clinic helps to meet the needs in different locations throughout San Diego County.

Contact Turning Point Today

As one of the most trusted crisis pregnancy clinics in San Diego, Turning Point is the answer to a common question: “Where can I find a pregnancy center near me?” Our main clinic is located at 7340 Miramar Rd #204 in San Diego, and we also feature a Mobile Pregnancy Clinic, based in the Clairemont region.

This blog post just touches on a handful of reasons to visit the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, but there are many more. If you’re involved in an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, call us today  at (858) 397-1970, text us (858) 822-9335 or fill out our confidential contact form.  Thanks for reading the Turning Point blog!

Abortion in the California Courts

A recent ruling by the Obama administration fueled the controversial abortion debate in California. The decision, handed down by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is regarded as a win for abortion proponents, and a setback for pro-life advocates.

So what are the major takeaways from this ruling, and how does it impact women’s health rights in California? Let’s take a look.

Federal Precedence, Local Impact

On June 22, 2016, the Obama administration ruled that the state of California didn’t violate any religious freedom rights back in 2014, when lawmakers forced health insurance companies to provide abortion for workers.

The 2014 decision launched a fresh debate about how insurance policies should handle abortion. While many women demand coverage for abortion services from their health insurance plans, a large portion of women (and other for-life supporters) think that religious freedom law prohibits such activity.

Leaders at many institutions (for example, Christian colleges, Catholic universities and other religious organizations) cite previously established U.S. law as precedence that makes it illegal for the government to force employers to offers abortion services.

However, the Obama administration’s HHS upheld the 2014 California decision, which reversed an effort by Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University, respectively.

The key factor in the recent HHS decision and the 2014 California court case stems from state law. According to California legislation, religious employers must hire people who carry similar religious beliefs. The HHS said that most employees of California religious institutions do not follow the same tenets as employers like LMU and SCU.

The Alliance Defending Freedom’s Casey Mattox said the HHS decision “continues its pattern of enforcing laws it wants to enforce…and inventing new interpretations of others out of whole cloth.”

Does this Impact Turning Point?

How does this impact the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center? It doesn’t. As a non-profit organization, Turning Point provides quality, confidential early pregnancy services to any woman in San Diego County. Whether you need a pregnancy test, ultrasound or counseling on pregnancy options, we’re here to help – regardless of the latest courtroom case, legal ruling or U.S. government policy. To get immediate assistance, please call us at (858) 397-1970.

abortion pill extension

A controversial decision by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ignited a fresh debate on abortion. The FDA’s ruling involves the abortion pill Mifeprex (also known as RU-486), the brand name for the drug mifepristone. The drug stops production of the hormone progesterone, which is essential to sustain pregnancies.

Previously, Mifeprex was recommended for up to 49 days into a pregnancy. The FDA changed the time period to 70 days. Essentially, the FDA recommendation expands the pill’s abortion window from 7 weeks to 10 weeks.

Abortion supporters – most notably (and vocally) Planned Parenthood – hailed the FDA’s decision as a victory for women’s health rights. But abortion adversaries, including Americans United for Life, claimed the new guideline poses additional risks for women.

Critics of the FDA announcement are also concerned with the 43% increase of the “acceptable” time period which a woman can choose to abort her baby.

 

Mifeprex Abortion Pill’s Impact on Women’s Health

Mifeprex is the latest in a long line of pills that critics call “chemical abortion” methods. Controversy regarding the FDA’s ruling aside, there are hard facts about Mifeprex that aren’t up for debate. The pill can cause a serious assortment of side effects, some of which are classified as medical emergencies. Mifeprex side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate / heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Fever (over 100 degrees)
  • Prolonged heavy bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain

Given all the potential side effects (both frequency and severity), Mifeprex can be prescribed only through controlled, carefully administered medical qualification. Called a “Mifeprex REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy),” this restricted plan is designed to not only optimize drug performance, but also limit Mifeprex exposure to those women with pre-existing conditions that could aggravate and amplify the drug’s side effects.

With the FDA’s decision to extend the acceptable use time of Mifeprex to 10 weeks, there are other adverse effects you should be concerned with. The extra 3 weeks increases the chance that women may suffer from:

  • Mild pelvic discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain (upper and lower back)
  • Fatigue
  • Hives
  • Facial swelling (including cheeks, lips, tongue, etc.)

With increased chemical abortions on the rise, women should know about all the health risks involved. Over 20% of all pregnancies end in abortion. For unintended pregnancies, that figure nearly doubles to 40%. The FDA’s ruling will most likely increase the number of abortions even more. With Mifeprex use now greater than ever, both mild and life-threatening side effects demand serious consideration.

Abortion Pill Reversal

What if you’ve taken Mifeprex, but then decide you’d like to keep your baby? There is a procedure known as abortion pill reversal that is designed to negate the effects of RU-486. How does an abortion pill reversal work?

  • First, the drug Cytotec should be avoided. Cytotec (also known as misoprostol) is used to force baby out of the uterus. Abortion pill reversals are very difficult ifCytotec has already been administered.
  • An ultrasound is performed to determine health of baby
  • Immediate regimen of progesterone medication begins (progesterone is a hormone necessary to carry a baby full-term)

Spotting, severe cramps and other abnormal signs should be discussed with a physician. Clinical research has shown there are no known links between the abortion pill reversal procedure and birth defects. Abortion pill reversal does offer hope for your unborn baby.

 

Looking Down the Road: Future Implications of the FDA’s Ruling

Will the FDA amend its decision in the future? Nobody knows for sure, but their track record suggests the 70-day period is here to stay. The FDA rarely reverses their own guidelines. Only in the face of severely negative PR – in this scenario, potential future deaths or disabilities caused by Mifeprex – will the FDA retract a prior procedure.

Bottom line: the FDA’s declaration on Mifeprex’s acceptable period of use is regarded as a setback for abortion opponents, including Turning Point. Any time there is talk of a “significant step forward for science” in regards to women’s health issues, it’s usually a step backward for unborn children.

 

The Role of Turning Point: How We Can Help

The risks of using Mifeprex are real, and Turning Point is here to both educate and support women. We provide quality medical care and practical advice here at the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center. We won’t turn away a woman who has either had an abortion or is considering one (including the use of Mifeprex). We provide compassionate counsel for all women in San Diego County, regardless of their circumstances.

Despite government legislative changes, the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is here to help San Diego County women facing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Political battles, funding cuts and budgetary restrictions have no impact on our non-profit pregnancy clinic.  Real advice for real people – this philosophy and life-affirming values define Turning Point. If you’re not sure where to find answers to your questions, we can help. Call us today at 858-397-1970.

mobile pregnancy clinic

More options, more compassion, more convenience – the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center’s (TPPRC) mobile pregnancy clinic is available at two locations in the Clairemont area.

For more than 15 years, TPPRC services have assisted thousands of women in the greater San Diego County region. With our Mobile Pregnancy Clinic, we’re in a better position to offer vital free medical services for women facing an unwanted pregnancy, coupled with the unconditional love and unyielding support that so many women deserve.

The Turning Point Summer Mobile Pregnancy Clinic will have two places to call home throughout the summer. The Turning Point Summer Mobile Pregnancy Clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer:

Del Taco – across the street from Clairemont High School

When: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Address:  4150 Ute Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

Keihl’s Parking lot – Clairemont Village

When: 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Address: #2 Keil’s Parking Lot, 3015 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

Located just 3 miles apart, each Mobile Pregnancy Clinic is easily accessible from anywhere in the northern San Diego suburbs. If you’re too late for the Del Taco location, simply swing south on Clairemont Drive a few miles to Clairemont Village – you can’t miss us!

With our Del Taco and Clairemont Village locations, Turning Point’s comprehensive crisis pregnancy care is ideal for any woman that needs free pregnancy medical services. Regardless of your situation, Turning Point’s Mobile Pregnancy Clinic provides:

  • Pregnancy testing/confirmation
  • Ultrasound services
  • Personalized counsel
  • Confidential health/medical consultation
  • Pregnancy wellness/parenting education programs
  • And much more

Best of all, all of the services at the Turning Point Mobile Pregnancy Clinic are absolutely free for any woman in San Diego County. You’ll receive the same complete line of crisis pregnancy services at our mobile clinic that you would at our main office, located at 7340 Miramar Rd #204, San Diego, CA 92126.

To further expand our scope of services, we’re also working with Birth Choice San Marcos on Wednesdays during the summer. Our collaboration with Birth Choice San Marcos will focus on offering the same quality early pregnancy services in North San Diego County as they do at our Clairemont locations.

For more information about TPPRC, or to learn more about our Mobile Pregnancy Clinic, please call our main office at 858-397-1970. We look forward to speaking with you today. Remember – when you think there’s no place left to turn…Turning Point is here for you!

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The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center recently launched a new initiative called “Brothers in Arms,” a fatherhood program with one mission: to equip fathers with practical skills through consistent and respectful instruction and engagement.

This mission is a far cry from the harsh reality faced by many fathers; many times, men attempt to salvage a relationship and try to be the best father they can. But plenty of factors conspire against responsible fatherhood, including fear, uncertainty and even external pressures from peers, friends & family. The path to fatherhood is fraught with hazards, especially for young men without strong guidance and spiritual fortitude.

Turning Point’s Brother in Arms ministry enterprise provides life skills & lessons, financial guidance, mentorship opportunities, father-based resources and much more.

Brothers in Arms: Fighting Back Against the Fatherless Generation

Children who grow up without fathers are more likely to endure hardships other kids don’t. For instance, poverty rates among children without a father in the home are much higher than children who are fortunate enough to have a dad present. Crime, child abuse and incarceration rates are also correlated with the absence of a father.

By any measure, the lack of a father figure usually spells disaster for the children involved. Turning Point is helping turn the tide, however – and we’re looking for willing participants in our new program. In order to make meaningful impact, we’re taking the fight to the “fatherless generation” – and it starts right here in San Diego County.

Who can benefit from TPPRC’s Brothers in Arms program?

  • Teenage fathers – young men are more likely to begin the fatherless cycle before they even realize it.
  • Men who were abandoned themselves – the fatherlessness cycle can be a tough habit to break
  • High school dropouts
  • Men with spiritual questions – seeking answers means knowing which questions to ask; having a support team like Turning Point is helpful.

At Turning Point, our focus is on women and men. Our Brothers in Arms initiative is for any man looking to become a better father – and a better person. If you think your situation can’t benefit from our program, think again! We’re willing to talk to you – call us at (858) 397-1970  to see how we can help. The TPPRC has assisted thousands of women in San Diego County over the past 15 years. This rich legacy of lending a helping hand continues with Brothers in Arms. Contact us today!

Congress Proposes Budget Cuts to Planned Parenthood

Congress Proposes Budget Cuts to Planned Parenthood

As the debate rages on Planned Parenthood’s budget, there are seemingly more questions than answers at the moment. How do any potential budget cuts for Planned Parenthood impact independent clinics like the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center (TPPRC)? How will the repercussions affect women facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy? And what exactly is Planned Parenthood, anyway?

Planned Parenthood: The Facts

Planned Parenthood, formally known as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, provides reproductive health services for women across the country. Currently, Planned Parenthood has more than 800 clinics in the United States, with an operating budget of $1 billion. Aside from breast cancer screening, contraception and other services, Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the U.S., with around 300,000 abortions performed on an annual basis.

The Political Battle & Budget Back-and-Forth

Pro-life advocates, including elected U.S. officials and private organizations, have questioned whether Planned Parenthood – which, despite its considerable women’s health contributions, is not exactly an unborn child’s best friend – should receive U.S. taxpayer dollars to perform abortions. Federal law prohibits such acts, but Planned Parenthood says any such funds are not used for terminating pregnancies.

Controversy always surrounds the Planned Parenthood budget debate, but things have really escalated in recent weeks. Republican lawmakers are threatening to stop all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Predictably, liberals and Democrats have drawn their line in the sand, citing women’s health rights.

Any Impact on TPPRC?

So what does all this mean for women with an unexpected, unwanted or crisis pregnancies in San Diego and surrounding areas?

Forget about the politics for a moment. Ignore the finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle. The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center’s capability, compassionate care and considerable health services are not affected by any real or imagined Planned Parenthood budget cuts.

Fact: Turning Point will continue to provide the same service as always, regardless of the eventual budget outcome.

Fact: Turning Point receives no state or federal funds.

Fact: Turning Point’s services are always free.

Fact: Turning Point will assist any woman facing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy.

Fact: If you need help and don’t know where to go, turn to Turning Point. We’re here for you.

To learn more about how Turning Point can help, please call our main office at (858) 397-1970, or email our crisis pregnancy consultants at info@mmpregnancy.org. Hopefully this article dispels any myths or rumors you’ve heard about the Planned Parenthood budget crisis. Bottom line: we’re here for you, no matter what happens with the budget battle.